Open thread for night owls: Plot thickens in story regarding second Trump Tower meeting
As noted at Daily Kos earlier Saturday, The New York Times broke a story today saying that there was a previously unknown meeting at Trump Tower in August 2016 in which Donald Trump Jr. met with Erik Prince of Blackwater notoriety, Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation, and an emissary of the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Topic: Providing foreign assistance to get Trump Jr.’s dad elected to the highest office in the land.
The folks at Just Security have since added to that story, pointing out that if Prince was at that meeting, if he did, in fact, help make that meeting happen, then he perjured himself in testimony under oath to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 30, 2017, claiming that he had had no formal communication with the Trump campaign.
Here, at Twitter, is Ryan Goodman, the founding co-editor-in-chief of Just Security and a former special counsel to the Department of Defense:
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On this date at Daily Kos in 2009—Gallup: Moderates, liberals flee GOP:
Gallup is out with an interesting new survey showing where the Republican Party has lost the most ground over the past eight years, and conservatives aren't going to like what it reveals.
The narrative spun by the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys and Dick Cheneys of the world is that the GOP's problem is that it hasn't been conservative enough, and that rather than moderate its policies, the GOP should focus its rebuilding efforts on the party's conservative base.
But the Gallup survey tells a completely different story. According to Gallup, only 1 percent of self-described conservatives have left the Republican Party over the past eight years. In fact, the only group more loyal to Republicans were those who attend church weekly. Meanwhile, even as Republicans held their conservative base together, 9% of moderates and 8% of liberals left the party
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